Woodlawn – Quotes
Opening MLK Jr. Quote: Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
[Birmingham, aka] Bombingham [was called] the most thoroughly segregated city in the US… [with] 50 bombings since 1947.
Bear Bryant: I like to win. It’s in my blood. When I get beat, which is bound to happen occasionally, I like it to be by a real opponent. [Walks over and shakes the hand of the African American player on the other team who beat them.]
Tony’s dad: Hey Tony, where you live from? [Tony pounds his first to his heart.]
Coach Geralds: None of us chose this; it was forced on us. We didn’t have a choice, but we do have a choice what we do with it.
Coach Geralds: Winning fixes everything.
This is what happens when you fight the man beside you instead of fighting to be a team.
Hank: I’d like to have a meeting with your team, about Jesus Christ.
Coach Geralds: 500 kids getting bussed to a place they don’t wanna be. 2500 kids don’t want ‘em here. What did you think was gonna happen?
Hank: I look at what happened today and I think, aren’t you sick of it? … This thing happens so much it just feels normal? Birmingham has seen hate for so long it’s lost its ability to hope.
Hank: Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life… and that means something to me because I let it mean something to me….
Hank: I care about your pain.
Stearns: Give the guy a chance. We got nothing else to lose.
Geralds’ Wife: What happened at the gym?
Coach Geralds: I let an untrained religious man convert the whole team. I’m going to bed. The whole team.
Wife: Is that good or bad?
Coach Geralds: I don’t know.
Principal: I don’t expect you to win, but I expect you to keep things quiet. This is bigger than football.
Hank: Maybe God is testing us. Maybe he wants to know that our commitment is real and not just to win football games.
Hank: Sometimes before you can have new dreams in this life, the old ones have to be taken away from you.
Hank: You play for yourself can you be great, but when you play for something higher than yourself, that’s when something amazing happens.
Hank: I think God wants you to be a superstar.
Tony: No such thing. There’s no such thing as a black superstar. Not in this state.
Coach Gerald’s son: I hate to lose so bad. You say you’ll do anything to win, but you won’t. Didn’t you see him run, Dad?! [Implying they didn’t win because he wasn’t playing Tony because he was black.]
Coach Geralds: Jerry, is this real? How does a whole team convert? Why is it the only place in town where blacks and whites get along is on my team?
Hank, quoting from David and Goliath: This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand so that all on earth will know that He is God.
Woodlawn player to opponent as he picks him up after a play: Hey bro, Jesus has a plan for your life!
Opposing Coach: Coach, I don’t know what your players are playing with, but I’ve never seen a team play like that.
Coach Geralds: At the beginning of the season, my team gave themselves to love, a love I didn’t fully understand, and it began to conquer hatred… I want what my players have.
Coach Geralds: Adversity is the crucible of greatness.
Coach Geralds to Tony: You know what’s more important than winning ball games??? YOU are. You are.
Preacher: Love your enemies…and you will see change like never before. If you only love those who love you back, what kind of love is that?
My mama wanted me to be a preacher, but I told her—preaching and coaching…pretty much the same thing. We both serve something bigger than ourselves.
Tony’s dad: How may black players you got?
Bear Bryant: I don’t have white players and black players. I have football players. … But to answer your question, not nearly enough.
Tony: So why do you see that changing?
Bear Bryant: Because it’s time.
Tony’s dad: This is bigger than football… Some kind of great power’s been given to you… [Little boys are saying:] If he can do it, so can I!
Tony: Tell me what to do and I’ll do it.
Narrator: When there is no vision, the people perish. That means they need it…like hope, like air.
Coach Geralds: I’ve wanted to do two things: Win a playoff and coach a truly great player. …You’ve done both. Which is better?
Other Coach: Rings collect dust. That [pointing to Tony]. That’ll [last forever].
Bear Bryant: The idea of molding men—that means a lot to me.
Bear Bryant, in response to Tony’s concern that he’d only put his little brother in danger by playing football: I saw… a little black boy [playing football with some white boys] wearing #22, his head held high. That’s also because of you.
Other player to Tony: Go where you can make the most difference.
Jeff Rutledge: Crazy to think this many people are gonna come see us. What’s so special about us?
Tony: We a symbol. Give them hope.
Principal: Are you leading this?
Teacher: No sir. Last week I was an atheist. The kids are leading me.
Hank: My life is not insignificant. My life matters.
Tony: I don’t like it when my teammates get hit. Same goes for my coach.
Tony’s dad: I’m proud of you. Win or lose. You’re my son.
Coach Geralds: What do you feel but you can’t say? What do you want to say to these people? You say it when you run, Tony. You say it when you run.
Customer: Do you believe in miracles?
Coach Geralds: Yes I do. I am one.